BEA Breakdown: What’s Going On and Where


BookExpo America is back in New York at the Jacob Javits Center with a show, conference and special events. What’s nice about Book Expo is that all the booksellers come to town, the bookstore owners and employees from across the country. These are good people. lovers of books, holders of light. Here’s a list of some things going on in New York this weekend, both at Javits and elsewhere:

Check out BEA’s Events-at-a-Glance, and BEA’s New Media Zone, a special spot on the show floor dedicated to bloggers, Twitterers and podcasters.

Thursday, May 28
5:30PM-6:30PM:  BEA’S Opening Night KeynoteDon’t join Aerosmith’s Stephen Tyler and Clarence Clemons as they discuss their new memoirs with Chuck Klosterman, because this is the kind of thing that kills plants – (Javits – Special Events Hall; tickets required)

7:00 – James Frey reads from his “debut” novel at Book Court in Brooklyn

7:00 – 9:30 Granta/Bomb Magazine Bash at Housing Works Used Bookstore Cafe

Friday, May 29

9:00am – 5:00pm BEA Exhibit Hall Hours (Javits)

10:30 am – 2:30 pm—Visit the Exhibits! Exclusive show hours (Javits)

7:00pm – Poetry Night at Pete’s Candy Store – Poets Janaka Stucky, Dorothea Lasky and Michelle Taransky read from their most recent work

8:00pm – Grizzly Bear at The Town Hall (okay, this is just music, not BEA related, but if you’re a Grizzly Bear fan, just letting you know)

Saturday, May 30

9:00am – 5:00pm BEA Exhibit Hall Hours (Javits)

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm— Lorrie Moore, Pat Conroy and Dan Pink at the Saturday Book & Author Luncheon (Javits, Special Events Hall, ticket required)

3:00 – Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, III, who landed the plane safely in the Hudson, will appear at the convention as a Guest of Honor. If there’s something wrongn with you, and you hate literature and everything good in the world, don’t miss this event. (Javits)

4:00pm – 6:30pm: CLMP’s Magathon – join the editors of Agni, Fence, One Story and many others as they offer new selections from their publications. At The New York Public Library’s DeWitt Wallace Periodicals Room (5th Ave. and 42nd St.)

6:00pm – You’re Not Alone – Hosted by The Rumpus, McSweeney’s and SMITH Mag, brings you comedy by Eugene Mirman, Music by Amanda Palmer and readings by Anthony Swofford among the many illustrious guests. At Highline Ballroom (show starts at 7:00pm)

Sunday, May 31

9:00am – 3:00pm – BEA Exhibit Hall hours (Javits)

12:00pm – 5:00pm – CLMP Lit Mag Fair – pick up copies of your favorite journals for $2. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby St., Soho)

Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →